• Magellan Aerospace’s MAC 200 small satellite bus has been selected by prime contractor MacDonald, Dettwiler & Associates for the Canadian Space Agency’s Cassiope science data-communications mission in 2007. 
  •  France’s Natexis Banques Populaire and Russia’s largest savings bank, Sberbank, have signed a €500 million ($610 million) credit agreement for deliveries of French-made equipment to Russian customers, including Alcatel and EADS Astrium communications payloads to NPO PM, manufacturer of Express satellites for Russia’s state telecommunications agency. 
  •  All three radar booms on the European Space Agency’s Mars Express have been deployed. The second 20m (65ft)-long boom and third 7m-long boom were deployed on 14 and 17 June after rotating the orbiter sunwards to warm the hinges. Uneven hinge heating is blamed for problems with the first boom’s deployment.

Source: Flight International